USB key - Computer Definition
(1) Another term for a flash memory-based USB drive. See USB drive.
(2) A flash memory-based USB drive that is used to identify and authenticate a user. See authentication token.
(3) A hardware key that plugs into a USB port on the computer in order to identify a registered user of software. See hardware key. (4) A receiver, transmitter or transceiver for wireless signals that plugs into a USB port on the computer. Including a built-in antenna, it is used to communicate with wireless mice, keyboards, media hubs and other devices.